Jim McCarthy is the Global Head of Innovation & Strategic Partnerships for Visa Inc. In this position, he is responsible for the development of Visa’s product and technology roadmap, Visa’s innovation efforts, and leading business development for strategic partnerships. Most recently, McCarthy was the global head of Product for Visa Inc., with responsibility for all aspects of product strategy and development in consumer and business products, as well as platform development and commercial information management. He is accountable for the global interoperability of Visa’s products and services; developing new channel solutions and technology support; building alliances and solutions for new products, technologies, platforms, and market segment penetration; and product analytics. Previously, McCarthy was head of North America Financial Institution Sales, overseeing card issuer relationships and leading sales strategy and execution in the United States and Canada. In this role, he and his team of sales and marketing professionals were responsible for maximizing opportunities and growth for Visa’s clients. McCarthy also previously served as head of Global Consumer Products for Visa Inc. In this role, he was responsible for global business strategy, product management and analytic services for Visa’s consumer products, including credit, debit, prepaid and ATM products. Prior to this role, McCarthy was senior vice president of Consumer Credit and Cross Platform Products for Visa U.S.A., responsible for the business strategy and product management of Visa’s consumer credit card business – including the successful relaunch of Visa Signature, Visa’s premium credit product for affluent consumers – and the development and oversight of cross platform initiatives including bill payment, Verified by Visa, eCommerce and card enhancement programs. Earlier in his Visa tenure, McCarthy managed the Emerging Products team for Visa U.S.A., where he drove the coordination, deployment and management of emerging products and payment services in the United States, including the development of Verified by Visa, an identity verification product that has become the standard for payment security and fraud prevention in eCommerce.
Prior to joining Visa in 1999, McCarthy worked at IBM where he served as the senior client representative to Bank of America. In that role, he was responsible for direct sales and account management including marketing, technology solutions and the development of joint business strategies. McCarthy earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the College of William and Mary in 1986.